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Meanwhile, readers also took a closer look at the 2014 Ford Fiesta ST and the 2014 Acura RDX.
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The all-new 2013 RDX crossover SUV from Acura will hit dealerships in early Spring and will start with a base price of $34,320. A fully packed RDX with AWD and Technology Package will sell for $39,420.
The new RDX is powered by a 3.5L V6 engine with 33-hp more than its predecessor for a new grand total of 273-hp. The engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with all-wheel drive available as an option for $1,400.
The Technology Package is available for $3,700 and comes with AcuraLink Satellite Communication System, Acura navigation system with voice recognition, a hard disk drive (HDD) with 60 gigabytes of storage capacity, AcuraLink real-time traffic with traffic rerouting, AcuraLink real-time weather, a dual-zone automatic climate control system, Acura/ELS surround premium sound system, a power actuated rear tailgate, projector beam headlights with bi-xenon high intensity discharge (HID) bulbs and front fog lights.
Features that are now standard on the 2013 RDX include leather seats, heated power front seats, power moonroof, and a 360-watt audio system. New technologies include Pandora Internet radio, SMS text messaging, keyless access system with push-button start, active noise control, and a rear-view camera system with three unique viewing angles.
“The right-sized 2013 RDX adds increased comfort, utility and power, along with class-leading fuel economy,” said Jeff Conrad, vice president of Acura sales.”Based on changing consumer preference, small is becoming big in the eyes of today’s consumers.”
GALLERY: 2013 Acura RDX
Watch AutoGuide’s First Look Video of the 2013 RDX below:
If you have been a fan of the turbo-charged motor in the current Acura RDX, you may not like what you’re about to read.
At the 2012 North American International Auto Show in Detroit MI., Acura unveiled the 2013 RDX, which is to ditch its unique turbo-charged motor for a more conventional 3.5-liter V6 motor.
This new engine does pack a bigger punch. It develops 273-hp, that is 33-hp more than the current model. Acura said its customers were not very happy with the fuel-economy of the turbo-charged motor, so it has gone with a more conventional V6. Helping it achieve better fuel-economy will also be its new 6-speed automatic gearbox (current version has five-speeds). Acura has already carried out EPA testing for this vehicle, and the result is 20-mpg in the city and 28-mpg on the highway.
The new model will be available as either a front-wheel drive or all-wheel model.
The new RDX will also be longer than the out-going model, which didn’t offer much rear-seat legroom or much trunk space.
So in many areas, the new RDX seems to be a better vehicle than the one it replaces. Will it still be as much fun to drive? We will let you as soon as we get to drive one.
GALLERY: 2013 Acura RDX
Upgrades net 8% fuel-economy improvement on SH-AWD model
Acura has just released official info on the 2010 RDX luxury crossover with the biggest news being a new base model that comes standard with a front-wheel drive layout – unless if you live in Canada.
Previously only offered with Acura’s SH-AWD system, the new FWD RDX gets better fuel-economy and costs $2,000 less. A spokesperson from Acura Canada told AutoGuide that there just isn’t a market for a front-wheel drive model in this segment, which makes particular sense considering how suited the AWD model is to the Canadian climate.
But not to worry, you fuel-conscious Canadians. Acura Canada says the new RDX (in AWD trim) gets improved fuel-economy by as much as 8 percent. This was achieved through the use of higher fourth and fifth gears, better aerodynamics and an improved lock-up clutch. The new Transport Canada fuel-economy rating for the RDX is 11.7 L/100km city (20.1 mpg) and 8.7 L/100km highway (27 mpg), for a total combined average of 10.3 L/100 km (22.8 mpg), as compared to 11.1 L/100km (21.2 mpg) on last year’s model.
The 2010 RDX continues to be powered by Acura’s turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 240hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque.
Outside the RDX gets Acura’s new corporate “shield” front fascia, a near rear bumper with hexagonal exhaust pipes and redesigned 18-inch wheels. New standard equipment includes a backup camera an electronic compass and USB connectivity.
Official release after the jump:
It looks like the folks in Acura’s marketing department are working well ahead of the folks in PR, as the company’s consumer website was updated today with images of the new 2010 RDX, before any press release about the luxury crossover was sent out.
We can now confirm (as can anyone who heads over to Acura.com) that the 2010 RDX will be offered in a front-wheel drive layout with a lower base price and better fuel-economy.
Whereas the AWD model costs $34,520, the front-drive model comes in $2,000 less at just $32,520. Fuel economy also improves a good bit, from 17/22 mpg (city/highway) for the SH-AWD model to 19/24 mpg.
The consumer site doesn’t list anything about the front-drive’s curb weight but we can expect that to be about 200 lbs lighter, meaning that it might actually be quicker than the AWD version – although the lack of AWD grip may negate the weight advantage).
As is obvious, the 2010 RDX does get Acura’s corporate shield up front. We do, however, like the hexagonal exhaust tips.
All 2010 RDX models will retain the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder engine with 240hp and 260 ft-lbs of torque. And a backup camera is now standard equipment.
GALLERY: 2010 Acura RDX
No manufacturer has ever received the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), Top Safety Pick rating for every car it produces… until now. With a top crash rating for the new 2009 TL, all five Acura cars and SUVs (including the RL, TL, TSX, MDX and RDX) carry the prestigious Top Safety Pick rating.
To get the top rating, each vehicle has to score a “Good” for each of the three test categories, which are: Frontal Offset Crash Test, Side Impact Collision Evaluation (SICE) and Rear Crash Protection.
For several years now the IIHS demands that Top Safety Pick winners be equipped with stability control. That being said, all Acura models now come with the company’s Vehicle Stability Assist (VSA) system.
Starting in 2009 every Acura also comes with the following safety features: Advanced Compatibility Engineering (ACE) body structure, anti-lock braking system (ABS), dual-stage/dual-threshold front airbags, side airbags with front passenger Occupant Position Detection System (OPDS), active head restraints for front seats, front seatbelts with automatic tensioning system and load limiters, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Daytime Running Lights (DRL).
Acura also scores highly in the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) tests, with a top rating for front crashes – the most common type of accident.